Sonchirya Movie Review : Spiritual Vindication, Contrition and Reclamation!
Last Modified On: 28 February 2019 | Reviewed By: Team Moviekoop
Set in the Chambal Valley during 1975, Sonchiriya revolves around a gang of dacoits, trailed by a Policeman, who has a personal vendetta against them. Can they silence their inner demons or do they get consumed by it? forms rest of the plot. Gripping, tense and unpredictable, despite being a slow-burn western, Sonchiriya makes for a riveting watch.
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Abhishek Chaubey's dacoits walk the Gabbar gait, but without the crutch of the background score. Since we have grown up on the dramatic depiction of dacoits in Hindi cinema, the footsteps and the campy introductory music are sure to echo in our ears nonetheless.
But then the camera shifts its focus to the flies hovering around a dead snake, and we know that Chaubey will debunk every myth we have been fed about dacoit dramas.
Sonchiriya is an unofficial spin-off of Bandit Queen since it takes a key character from that film, Man Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), and tells the story of his gang, comprising the likes of Vakil Singh (Ranvir Shorey) and Lakhna (Sushant Singh Rajput). Each of them is undergoing an existential crisis fuelled by the remorse of killing innocent lives in the past.
However, they believe they are dacoits by birth and must serve their dharma. The rest of the film revolves around the journey of all the three characters to discover their dharma, and that hell of a ride involves rescuing an absconding woman Indumati (Bhumi Pednekar), a young rape survivor, and hiding from a police officer of another caste, Virender Singh Gujjar, who has a personal agenda to hunt them down.
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The provocative film addresses the laws of nature… snakes prey on mice and vultures prey on snakes. Those who kill will be killed eventually. What’s also hard-hitting is its social commentary. Caste divide, gender discrimination, toxic patriarchy, deep-rooted superstitions and why revenge shouldn’t be confused with justice.
Though centred around dacoits, cops, gun battle, ambush and dangerous confrontations in the dark of the night, the film isn’t really about crime but the aftermath of it and the curse that follows the perpetrators of violence.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s music and Rekha Bhardwaj’s vocals signify the characters’ inner turmoil and the empathy you feel for their need to fight a losing battle against Gujjar (Ashutosh Rana as an unforgiving cop).
Also, the Bundelkhandi dialect introduced to add authenticity to proceedings is hard to grasp unless you are the sort who likes reading subtitles (like I do). Cinematographer Anuj Rakesh Dhawan has captured the barren ravines with love!
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Average Critic Rating:3.0 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
The Times of India
Reviewed by: Renuka Vyavahare | Rating:
You can run away from people but how do you escape yourself? You can silence the detractors but how do you silence your conscience? Under its rugged exterior, Sonchiriya is a spiritual puzzle on redemption, remorse and salvation, backed by stellar performances, captivating cinematography and provocative dialogue. Read full review
Reviewed by: Gaurang Chauhan | Rating:
bhishek Chaubey has done it again. Sonchiriya is gritty, engaging, haunting, disturbing and highly entertaining. Abhishek Chaubey takes a complete detour from the fields of Punjab in Udta Punjab to the ravines of Chambal in Sonchiriya. The movie may be set in the heartland but it has been shot stylistically. And captures the soul of Chambal quite beautifully. But before we go into the technical details let's take a look at the plotline of the film. Read full review
The Indian Express
Reviewed by: Shubhra Gupta | Rating:
When Bandit Queen came out in 1996, it turned all the elements of the Bollywood ‘daaku’ movie on its head. Director Shekhar Kapur’s bandits did not sport dramatic black kurtas and crimson ’tilaks’. They did not spout florid dialogue, sprinkled with lots of Urdu. These ‘dacaits’ swore fluently, their curses had the crude flavor of the place. Their cruelty felt ingrained. Their clothes looked as if they had been cobbled together from what they had. They looked as if they had sprung from the cracked earth and brown ravines of the Chambal. They felt real even when we knew they were being realized for the film. Read full review
Reviewed by: Moviekoop | No rating in stars
Abhishek Chaubey's dacoits walk the Gabbar gait, but without the crutch of the background score. Since we have grown up on the dramatic depiction of dacoits in Hindi cinema, the footsteps and the campy introductory music are sure to echo in our ears nonetheless. But then the camera shifts its focus to the flies hovering around a dead snake, and we know that Chaubey will debunk every myth we have been fed about dacoit dramas. Read full review